Trista Algar

Public art proposed for roundabout

A piece of public art has been suggested as an enhancement for the latest of Summerland’s roundabouts.

A piece of public art has been suggested as an enhancement for the latest of Summerland’s roundabouts.

The proposal is for a piece of artwork — possibly a sculpture — on a municipal property on the northwest corner of the oval roundabout at Prairie Valley Road and Victoria Road South.

Parks and recreation director Dale MacDonald said he has talked with members of the Summerland Community Arts Council about the possibility of art at this site.

“We were trying to come up with a high-profile area to put public art,” he said.

The intersection, near Giant’s Head Elementary School and Summerland Montessori School, is one of the busiest in Summerland, especially at the start and end of the school day.

MacDonald said the art would not be put in the centre of the roundabout since people would need to have easy access to it.

Details of the art piece have not yet been determined.

David Finnis, president of the Summerland Community Arts Council, said the concept appeals to the arts community.

“It’s certainly something we would be pleased to be part of,” he said. “We’d certainly support the concept.”

He added that the roundabout would be a good location since it receives plenty of foot traffic as well as vehicle traffic.

Summerland already has public art in place elsewhere in the community.

There is a sculpture near the intersection of Wharton Street and Rosedale Avenue, created in 2002.

Another sculpture, from the same time, is in front of Municipal Hall on Henry Avenue.

A sundial was created and included at Spirit Square, at Peach Orchard Beach.

MacDonald said details about the sculpture proposal have yet to be determined.